War Zone: Rioters Looting in Minneapolis, Attack Police; Stores on Fire in Response to Killing of George Floyd

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Hundreds of protesters gather Tuesday, May 26, 2020, near the site of the arrest of George Floyd, who died in police custody Monday night in Minneapolis after video shared online by a bystander showed a white officer kneeling on his neck during his arrest as Floyd pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

It wasn’t looking good on Wednesday night in Minneapolis.

People were universally disturbed by the death of George Floyd in police custody. Even President Donald Trump weighed in trying to comfort Floyd’s family, “My heart goes out to George’s family and friends,” Trump wrote. “Justice will be served.” Trump said the FBI and the DOJ would be looking into the case.

But some rioters turned violent, throwing bottles and other items at police in Minneapolis, who then had to deploy pepper spray, tear gas, and flashbangs to move rioters back.

Some of the reporters, like Fox’s Mike Tobin, got caught in the pepper spray.

From Fox News:

Video of the protest showed a line of police slowly backing away from a Minneapolis intersection as protesters continued to move forward, carrying signs and chanting “I can’t breathe.”

Loud bangs can be heard periodically throughout the live shot. The ground was littered with bottles that Tobin said protesters had hurled at police.

The police on the ground, carrying their bicycles like shields along with Tasers, pepper spray and tear gas, received cover from a garrison of officers on the nearby rooftop of the department’s 3rd Precinct, armed with tear gas launchers.

Protesters were earlier seeking to have officers charged in the death of George Floyd. Four officers have been fired in the incident that resulted in Floyd’s death so far, after one cop was seen kneeling on his neck with him saying “I can’t breathe.” He was later pronounced dead.


Rioters attacked police cars, smashed things at the Third Precinct, and looted from a local Target as well as other stores.

Breaking into a Cub food with shouts of “Free food!”

They also set fire to an Auto Zone.

Indeed. Stay safe out there.


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